Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA
AKC CGC Evaluator
CATCH Canine Academy Mentor Trainer
Jessica has been involved with dogs her entire life, growing up and caring for her family’s variety of dogs. While she was still in high school, she began volunteering at her local shelter and has always held a special place in her heart for shelter dogs.
From 2002-2004 Jessica volunteered for the Puppy Prison Program at the California Institute for Women where she helped the service dogs in training adapt to everyday life outside the prison. She welcomed them into her home for short periods of time where they were able to generalize their training to the real world, helping to prepare the dogs for their permanent placement.
In 2006 she decided to pursue dog training as a career, and graduated from Animal Behavior College with honors.
From 2006-2013, Jessica was the senior trainer at Whole Dog Training. During that time, she helped build the business to become one of San Diego’s largest and most successful dog training companies. In addition to providing dog training services to the general public, she worked with shelter dog programs including Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls (Pit Crew) through the Best Friends Animal Society, and at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Her duties included teaching classes on dog behavior and how to successfully interact with shelter dogs, and working with the dogs to increase their chances of adoption. Jessica is also the former Training Director at Pit Bull Rescue San Diego (PBRSD), and has extensive experience with pit bulls and bully breeds. Her time with PBRSD included fostering dogs in her home, assisting with adoption events, and training the dogs in the program that were most at risk. Lastly, as a mentor trainer of Animal Behavior College Jessica has mentored over 25 of aspiring trainers by guiding them to earn their dog training certification.
After a successful career with Whole Dog Training, Jessica decided to start a new chapter in her life by forming her own business, Synergy Dog Training in 2013. She teaches everything from puppy training through basic manners to tricks. Her specialty is helping dogs with behavior issues which include leash reactivity, aggression, fear, poor impulse control, and anxiety.
Jessica is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild, an AKC CGC Evaluator, a mentor trainer for the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, and serves on the Application Review Committee at IAABC. She demonstrates a commitment to ongoing education by continually expanding her knowledge through study, seminars, and conferences by some of the top experts in the industry.
Jessica lives in San Diego with her dog Milo. In her free time you’ll find her practicing Canine Freestyle routines with Milo, hiking, playing soccer, or cooking at home.
Milo was found as a stray and brought into the Carlsbad county shelter. He was picked to be a part of the Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls program (aka The Pit Crew), where volunteers, staff, and trainers worked together to give the select group of pit bulls a better chance at being adopted. Jessica worked with Milo for 5 months as he patiently waited in his kennel for a real home. Jessica noticed that while Milo was quite rambunctious, he also had a lot of drive and was easy to train. Milo used his good looks, charm, and undeniable sense of humor to finally convince Jessica to adopt him and bring him home. He was a handful as he adjusted to life outside the shelter, but with consistent training he is now a completely different dog. Jessica channeled his drive into outlets such as K9 Nose Work, Canine Freestyle, and obedience training. Milo is Jessica’s training partner and often comes with her to work to help demonstrate behaviors, or as a decoy dog for her reactive dog clients. He loves being in public, and with his goofy disposition and sweet nature he helps change people’s perceptions about pit bulls one lick at a time.
Erica Taylor has always been a passionate and patient dog lover and has owned dogs her entire life. With a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a strong business background and entrepreneurial spirit, Erica has always committed herself to excellence and the pursuit of higher knowledge. Previously, Erica founded two successful businesses – a contracting and consulting firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL which specialized in natural disaster relief and recovery services. Her firm was a preferred vendor for The Red Cross and she has helped communities and families all over the U.S. in their darkest hour. Her next business venture was a pet sitting business in San Diego, CA. Now, she has discovered the best of both worlds, merging her love for canines with her natural business roots.
Through her pet sitting business, Erica has gained vast experience handling dogs of all sizes, ages, temperaments and breeds. But it is Erica’s personable, trustworthy and down to earth nature that keeps her clients (both human and canine!) coming back.
Erica became specifically interested in dog training after coming to the realization that she could combine her desire to help people with her unbridled love for dogs. It was a match made in heaven and she hasn’t looked back since!
Erica is currently working on her CCDT certification through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and assists Jessica in training. In her spare time, she volunteers with the San Diego Humane Society’s Behavior and Training Center. She also enjoys, and has a knack for, dog photography where she’s able to tap into her creative side and capture the amazingness of dogs while making their humans happy too. She shares her San Diego abode with her pug, Sampson, and a plethora of visiting canines.
To the dog who started it all, and whose legacy lives on. I miss you pretty girl.
I have personally owned and loved dogs since I was 18 months old. But I have never had a fully obedient canine even though I enrolled and participated through several training sessions with my animals over the years…then I met Jessica. Jessica Wheatcraft is a brilliant and effective dog trainer. She is knowledgeable about how
My Pitbull/Boxer mix Boomer was out of control! He barked at the wind, chased everyone and everything. He jumped on people, ran them down and was a menace out in public. With Jessica’s help and training us how to work with Boomer, he is much calmer, obeys more often than not and we are now
Jessica was recommended to me and I’m so happy she became Winston’s trainer. We had attended the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) classes with the goal of becoming a therapy dog team, but Winston was having trouble with 2 parts of the test. We tested twice and after he didn’t pass, I felt it was time